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SBN Regional Business Connector Events standard

Building sustainable connections At 3R, we believe in the power of networking with other businesses, organisations and individuals to keep the sustainability discussion moving forward. We are holding a series of Sustainable Business Network Regional Business Connector events designed to bring together Hawke's Bay businesses, covering topics that are key to a more sustainable business environment and community. You can read more about these events below or, even better, if you'd like to join us, please email Adele. 06 Sept, '18 | Driving into the future Moving to a circular economy is underpinned by the use of renewable energy, with transport being a big part of this change. For our second event of the year we therefore put the spotlight on transport using renewable energy. ...

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20 years and still waiting… standard

By Darren Patterson In 1996 the OECD produced a report on the environmental performance of New Zealand. A review it carries out for all of its members every 10 years. In this report, amongst other things, it stated: “Waste management policies and programmes are hampered by a lack of reliable, comprehensive information on sources of waste and waste generation” and, “New Zealand lacks comprehensive legislation dealing specifically with both waste and hazardous waste” At the beginning of this century the Ministry for the Environment set about addressing these and other issues raised. They produced a series guidelines focusing on areas of waste management, culminating in the release of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2002; a strategy that set some ...

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Sustainability standard

Sustainability is what we do It almost goes without saying that we're committed to sustainability. Every day, we encourage Kiwis to take actions that will help us all "live well and within the limits of the planet" as outlined by Vision2050. And as a business, we work to make this a reality through our own actions. We aim to effect social change as we continue to deliver programmes and initiatives into 2018 and beyond, and will be measuring our environmental progress as we go. Our success is grounded in our twenty-two employees rigorously applying their own sustainability principles, in close cooperation with our customers, partners and shareholders. Climate Leaders Coalition We are proud to be one of over 70 New Zealand businesses which have joined ...

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Child car seat recycling a sign of the times standard

Just a few years ago there weren’t many people who would think it was possible to recycle a child car seat, much less have an option to actually do so. However, since the trial and official launch of the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme over 8,000 seats have been diverted from landfill. The programme may seem rather niche in the greater recycling landscape but it’s a sign of things to come, when the majority of items coming into the household will have a pathway for reuse, repurposing or recycling. The increase in volume through SeatSmart over the last year is also an example of the dramatic change in how the public is starting to think and act in more ...

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Reimagining solutions for recycled paint standard

by Harman Sandhu – Materials Innovation Manager I recently had the opportunity to present on my work around recycled paint at Australia’s leading waste management industry conference, the Coffs Harbour Waste Conference. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work we are doing at 3R Group on reimagining solutions for paint and packaging product stewardship in New Zealand. The three-day conference covered a wide range of topics from kerbside recycling to mattress and tyre recycling. In all it was a very informative and vibrant forum in which to exchange ideas and learn about new and innovative developments in the industry. The objective of my presentation was to share information on our paint stewardship schemes, with a focus on ...

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Why Product Stewardship? standard

In a circular world there is no waste To live within the limits of our planet we need end of life products and packaging to experience new life in some form. Some materials are valuable or accessible enough for the cycle of waste-to-resource to fund itself, so that activity occurs naturally in a free market. Scrap aluminium uses only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium therefore it is economic for manufacturers to pay a sustainable market rate for recovery and recycling. The reality for most end of life products, often a mix of recyclable and non-recyclable materials, is that beneficial activity doesn’t fund itself and therefore individuals or communities are left with disposal issues.Local authorities and businesses may choose to ...

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